|Frontispiece to "Horrors of Tornado Flood and Fire," by Frederick E. Drinker. 1913. An account of tornados, flooding and accompanying fires from Nebraska to New York in the year 1913. Image ID: libr0506, Treasures of the NOAA Library Collection. High Resolution Photo Available - Click Here.|
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Great Lakes Storm of 1913, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, historically referred to as the "Big Blow," the "Freshwater Fury," or the "White Hurricane," was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes basin in the United States Midwest and the Canadian province of Ontario from November 7, 1913, to November 10, 1913.
The deadliest and most destructive natural disaster to ever hit the lakes1, the Great Lakes Storm killed over 250 people, destroyed 19 ships, and stranded 19 others. The financial loss in vessels alone was nearly US$5 million, or about $100 million in present-day adjusted dollars. The large loss of cargo, including coal, iron ore, and grain, meant short-term rising prices for consumer products throughout North America.
The storm originated as the convergence of two major storm fronts that was fuelled by the lakes' relatively warm waters, a seasonal process called a "November gale". It produced 90 mph (145 km/h) winds, waves over 35 feet (11 m) high, and whiteout snow squalls.
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